Drug abuse by inhalation of volatile household product substances is uncommon, however, it can have devastating consequences. This case report describes the fatal outcome of deodorant inhalation by a 19-year-old patient in a detoxification clinic who developed a cardiac arrest after inhaling butane from a deodorant spray. Despite initial successful resuscitation, he developed a postanoxic encephalopathy with a status epilepticus resistant to extensive treatment. Inhalant abuse can be a cause of death in young patients.
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- drug interactions
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Contributors KHK was part of the medical care during admittance of the patient and wrote case presentation, outcome, follow-up and discussion of the paper. MS was and part of the medical care during follow-up and wrote case presentation, outcome, follow-up and discussion of the patient. ET took part in the neurological examination and follow-up of the patient and reviewed the final version of the article. MG supervised the medical treatment and reviewed the final version of the article.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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